What is the University-Model?
Denton Calvary Academy is unique among private schools in Denton in that we are a Christ-centered, biblically based, University-Model School®. We are dedicated to upholding the importance of family as we partner with committed Christian parents in the education of their children. Accordingly, DCA’s faculty, staff, and coaches are dedicated to the premise that parental involvement is vital to a child’s success in school and in life.
We have taken the best of traditional, public schools, private schools and homeschooling and integrated them into one model of education. In light of that, students attend classes on a university-style schedule (either two or three days a week) while spending the additional days at home under the guidance of their parents. Essentially, the University-Model School® schedule gives parents the gift of time and the ability to actively participate in their child’s education.
In sum, the combined strength of dedicated parents at home, passionate teachers at school, and committed coaches both on and off the field creates an environment in which students thrive and develop a passion for learning, both academically and spiritually.
DCA’s Foundational Principles
“At DCA, we are growing in wisdom, walking in love, and building fortitude.”
Who are we?
We are a University-Model® School of Christian educators who provide quality education and collaborate with like-minded families to instill Biblical truth and Christlikeness.
Why do we exist?
We exist to glorify Christ by leading families in the education of their children and assisting in their discipleship.
How do we behave?
We behave with WISDOM (“right priorities and perspectives”),
in LOVE (“sacrificial commitment to the best for others”),
and FORTITUDE (“diligence, even in adversity”)
What do we do?
We educate the heart, soul, mind, & body of our students in order for them to relate rightly with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.
How do we succeed?
– Maintain purposeful and spiritually healthy learning environments
– Train faculty, staff, students, and families in Godly character with consistency and loving accountability
– Prioritize all resources toward the development of our students
In 1998, a group of Christian private school and homeschool parents in Denton sought out an alternative model of schooling for their children. They wanted to take advantage of all the benefits of a full-time private school while allowing parents to be significantly involved in the education of their children. In the course of seeking out different schools and models, they were introduced to Grace Preparatory Academy and University-Model®(UM®) Schooling. After researching the university model and partnering with GPA, plans began for the creation of Calvary Preparatory Academy, one of the first three UM® schools in existence and the first UM® private school in Denton. CPA opened its doors in the fall of 1999 with approximately 95 students in grades one through ten. Subsequent to that, In the spring of 2002, CPA celebrated the graduation of its first senior class of five students. In the fall of 2002, Calvary Preparatory Academy changed its name to Denton Calvary Academy. Simultaneously, DCA began competing in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools in both athletic and academic competitions. In 2004, DCA was certified as a charter member of the National Association of University-Model® Schools, and in 2006 was granted accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In the fall of 2010, DCA was re-certified with the National Association of University-Model Schools and in May of 2011 and re-accredited with Advanc-Ed in February of 2016. Presently, we have a little over 300 students in attendance in grades K-12. Just as our founding board families were pioneers in the development of DCA, our desire is to continue in the development of DCA for the future.
Facts and Figures
Accreditations & Affiliations
Enrollment & Faculty
- High School (9-12): 142
- Middle School (6-8): 98
- Primary (K-5): 72
Total Faculty: 44
- Those with Advanced Degrees: 36%
- Average Class Size: 16
- 12:1 in Primary
- 17:1 in Secondary
Class of 2018 Stats
Class Size: 28 Average GPA: 3.72 DCA’s average SAT and ACT scores exceeded both Texas and national average scores. Post High School:
- 79% enrolled in a 4-year college
- 18% enrolled in a 2-year college
- 3% entered the military, the workforce or other program of study
are we successful?
Our graduates go to top universities…
Head of School
School Board President
Contact us or schedule a visit to learn more about DCA.